Small child joins Old Trafford development centre.
The boy’s a bit special: The future football star who was talent-spotted by Manchester United scouts when he was just three
They say football is a man’s game but Charlie Jackson is proving there’s room for the boys after being spotted by Manchester United at the age of three.
The football fan, from Denton, Greater Manchester, impressed Reds scouts with his control and movement and was earmarked as a future star.
But it wasn’t until he was five that United decided he was old enough to join them for training at their development centre.
Now Charlie, who trains with top-rated youngsters almost all a year older than him, is being touted by coaches as a potential superstar of the future.
And his parents couldn’t be more proud despite them being Manchester City fans.
Charlie was first spotted while training with Footytotz, a community football programme for boys and girls.
The United scouts singled him out but said he was too young to join them. Two years later they returned and signed him.
His father Andy, 38, who has a season ticket at the Etihad Stadium, admitted it had taken a bit of persuasion to get Charlie to wear the United badge.
Mr Jackson said: ‘His idols are Joe Hart and Mario Balotelli and at first he was mortified that he was having to train with United but he seems to be getting over that a bit now.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Is this the way of the future for football? Bring them in young, save the club a fortune!
People can indeed discuss the morality of ‘signing’ a player at such an early age but clearly the child hasn’t really been ‘signed’ as such and is merely a kid who has displayed an aptitude for the game that goes far beyond his tender years.
This is of course nothing new. The Ajax youth system, Jong Ajax, brings in children of a very young age and teaches them the basics. Clearly it is easier to spot a child with a great deal of talent age 5 or 6 when placed alongside players of their same age as most of their counterparts will not display anything other than a natural disposition to the game.
We need only worry when we start to hear stories about five years old’s being signed for millions of pounds!